A Dog Who Eats Grass Isn’t Always Ill

Dogs can eat grass just for fun, or because they have a slight stomach upset.

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Q. I have a 10-month-old Toy Poodle who seems to want to eat grass and green plants when I take him for his walk. Is there something I could add to his diet to correct this desire for carbohydrates? Would celery leaves be OK, cooked or raw?
 
A. Why do dogs eat grass? This is one of the unanswered mysteries of the universe.

Recently there was some research done regarding this topic. It turns out that some dogs just like to eat grass, especially when their stomach is upset. Other dogs ate grass for the pure joy of it. There was no evidence of any dietary deficiency. Also, dogs who ate grass did not necessarily vomit afterward, although some did.

However, another scientific study done in 2007 showed that one dog who had eaten grass every day for seven years stopped eating grass after being switched to a high fiber diet. So perhaps some dogs are wanting, or needing, more fiber.

I would not worry about supplementing carbohydrates in your Toy Poodle’s diet. However, celery might be a fine additive, and add some possibly deficient fiber. Otherwise, just let him enjoy his grazing.

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

4/30/2013 12:43:00 PM

Good information. thanks

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

4/16/2013 3:47:03 AM

Thanks for this great information.

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Susan   Jacksonville, FL

4/23/2010 11:02:10 AM

I have Two 6 1/2 Month old puppies one is a male and one is a female. The male eats vegetation and other types of weeds growing from the ground such as Grass, Dollar Weeds. I know some plants and Pesticide can be harmful. (I Have two questions) 1. How can I tell if the dollar weeds or other types of weeds are harmful. 2.Also Could it be possible that he eats his food so fast, it's like he hasn't ate in a week? I was wandering is it because the food hasn't had time to
Digest?.

Thanks, Susan.

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Susan   Jacksonville, FL

4/23/2010 11:00:56 AM

I have Two 6 1/2 Month old puppies one is a male and one is a female. The male eats vegetation and other types of weeds growing from the ground such as Grass, Dollar Weeds. I know some plants and Pesticide can be harmful. (I Have two questions) 1. How can I tell if the dollar weeds or other types of weeds are harmful. 2.Also Could it be possible that he eats his food so fast, it's like he hasn't ate in a week? I was wandering is it because the food hasn't had time to
Digest?.

Thanks, Susan.

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